Malanda Falls Swimming Hole near Cairns

Malanda Falls is an easy roadside stop if you are touring the Atherton Tablelands. The water, while not as crystal clear as some on the swimming hole loop, is refreshing, the waterfall is picturesque, and there are good amenities to make it a perfect lunch  stop. All photographers have been credited with their Instagram names.

Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  BiancaMcIverr
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: BiancaMcIverr

The wide water fall flows into a large  swimming hole with a ladder going in from the side wall like a swimming pool. You can also access the shallow end via a sandy beach. There is a grassy bank in the sun skirted by lush rainforest. There are BBQs, picnic areas, toilets, a visitor centre open seven days, and easy walking tracks through the rainforest. The area is rich with wildlife and if you’re lucky you’ll see a platypus or tree kangaroo.

Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  A_Mair
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: A_Mair
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  AbiJuniper
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: AbiJuniper
Turtles at Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  AngelaLouise89
Turtles at Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: AngelaLouise89
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  KiahLucey
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: KiahLucey
rainforest trails at Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  LivvMercer
Rainforest trails at Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: LivvMercer
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  MattPetersOz
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: MattPetersOz
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo:  Tiffonee_Wallis
Malanda Falls swimming hole on the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns, Australia. Photo: Tiffonee_Wallis

Getting There

Malanda is on the roadside of the Malanda-Atherton Road (Route 25) on the Atherton Tablelands west of Cairns. See it on a map.

Campervan Hire

If want to road-trip around Australia (it’s the best way to experience the country!) and are planning to hire a campervan, I recommend Camperman Australia because of their all inclusive price (extra drivers, insurance, road tolls and a whole lot more is included in the quote).

Where to Stay

If you are road-tripping in a car and would like somewhere private and out-of-the-ordinary to stay, consider Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat. It is so private you get your money back if you see another person during your stay.

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